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Ohio State hires away Florida Gators recruiting coordinator Stan Drayton to coach receivers

Less than a week before national signing day, Florida recruiting coordinator Stan Drayton has taken a job at Ohio State as wide receivers coach.

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel announced the hiring Thursday, a day after a Florida spokesman said new coach Will Muschamp's staff was intact despite reports out of Cleveland that Drayton was leaving.

Drayton, who was also the UF running backs coach, replaces Darrell Hazell, who left the Buckeyes to become head coach at Kent State.

"(Drayton) is a Buckeye born and bred," Tressel said in a statement, "and will add a tremendous dimension to our football family."

Drayton was one of three coaches on the staff of Urban Meyer, who resigned, retained by Muschamp.

"Our focus will always be on the staff that are here, our current players and the prospective student-athletes we are recruiting," Muschamp said in a statement.

The first day high school recruits can sign a letter of intent with colleges is Wednesday.

Iowa to examine illnesses

DES MOINES, Iowa — School leaders promised to investigate what caused 13 Iowa football players to be hospitalized with an unusual muscle disorder after offseason workouts.

Board of Regents president David Miles and Iowa president Sally Mason called the illnesses "a cause for grave concern." The university will have 90 days to complete an investigation, and the results will be presented to the board. The review will involve independent medical experts.

The university acknowledged that the players have rhabdomyolysis, a condition involving the release of muscle fiber into the bloodstream. The disorder, which can cause kidney damage and failure in severe cases, can be caused by physical exertion. Symptoms include soreness throughout the body and tea-colored urine. The players were participating in workouts that started last week.

School officials say the players are in stable condition and responding well to treatment.

Kansas ticket scam: A five-year, $2 million ticket-scalping scheme began when a Jayhawks athletic department official began stealing tickets and giving them to her husband and five others to sell, federal prosecutors said. Charlette Blubaugh, a former associate athletic director, pleaded guilty to conspiracy during a hearing in Wichita and agreed to forfeit, along with her co-defendants, the $2 million in illicit proceeds. The charge carries up to 20 years in prison, though she will likely receive far less under federal sentencing guidelines.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Hathaway told a judge that Blubaugh, who was then in charge of the ticket office, set aside season tickets that were requested by former associate athletic director Ben Kirtland, but she later began channeling them through her husband. The tickets were then sold in Oklahoma, and the couple split the profits. Nearly 20,000 basketball and football tickets were involved.

Thomas Blubaugh is expected to plead guilty today. Former assistant AD Rodney Jones and former systems analyst Kassie Liebsch have pleaded guilty to conspiracy. Brandon Simmons, a former assistant AD for sales, and Jason Jeffries, a former assistant director of ticket operations, pleaded guilty in July for failing to report the scam. The four will be sentenced in March. Kirtland is scheduled for trial March 8.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Ohio State hires away Florida Gators recruiting coordinator Stan Drayton to coach receivers 01/27/11 [Last modified: Thursday, January 27, 2011 10:28pm]
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